Don Grant, MA, MFA, DAC, SUDCC IV, PhD

Director of Outpatient Services, Santa Monica

Don Grant, MA, MFA, DAC, SUDCC IV, PhD

Don Grant is an internationally award-winning media psychologist, published researcher, Doctoral Addictions Counselor, and educator with specific expertise in technology’s impact on mental health. He is the current President-Elect of APA Division 46 (The Society for Media Psychology & Technology), and Chair of both the American Psychological Association’s Device Management & Intelligence and Strategic Planning Committees.

Dr. Grant designs, presents, and facilitates treatment strategy and educational training workshops for clinicians, educators, parents, and school communities, focused on healthy device management and good digital citizenship. In 2021, he was the keynote speaker for the American Psychological Convention and the West Coast Symposium of Addictive Disorders.

Before joining the Newport team, Dr. Grant was the executive director of Resolutions Teen Center in Santa Monica, which he cofounded in 2017. He is also the founder of (un)Boot Camp, a treatment program for online dependency issues, and spent 13 years as a dual diagnosis/chemical dependency counselor and case manager for Of One Mind in Brentwood, California. In 2015, Dr. Grant received the APA’s Early Career Achievement Award.

Dr. Grant is also a professional media development consultant for healthcare professionals, organizations, not-for-profit agencies, and treatment providers. His background in media includes serving as editor-in-chief for Start Again Media in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for restructuring, rebranding, and all content and marketing.

In His Own Words

“The question to ask yourself, and the question I ask my clients and audiences, is, Are your devices controlling you, or are you in control of your devices? Because most online content, apps, and platforms are tied to revenue and consumerism, if it is free, you are most likely the product, and the goal is to keep you online and engaged as long as possible. Young people in particular are vulnerable to the neurological and psychological effects of device overuse, and we need to help them take back the control.”

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Credentials

  • PhD in Media Psychology (with a specialization in addiction) and MA in psychology from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara
  • MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Film and Television
  • Member of the American Psychological Association and Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development

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